Great Vow carries on the traditional Zen monastic container, a unique spiritual discipline cultivated and refined for over a millennium. It is designed to focus all our energies on the most essential questions of life and death. Residency at Great Vow is a precious opportunity to step away from the myriad distractions and focus exclusively on the practice of Zen.
The rigor of the daily schedule, revolving around zazen and work practice , asks a whole-hearted engagement with every activity of our lives. Living in a community of shared intention challenges and deepens our compassion while generating synergy and support. Intimate study with mature Zen teachers gives invaluable guidance and inspiration. Private interviews with the teachers (sanzen) are usually offered once a week, and more often during sesshin.